2012 Western Blind Rehabilitation Staff Photograph View large photo
The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC) is a 27-bed residential facility located at the Menlo Park Division of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Approximately two hundred men and women of all ages participate in the program each year. More than three quarters have usable vision for which specialized treatment is provided. Adjusting to and managing visual impairment is the major objective of the program.
In 2011, CARF International awarded the WBRC a 3-year accreditation for comprehensive blind rehabilitation services, for the fourth consecutive survey. This is the highest level of certification that can be awarded to an organization. The WBRC is committed to continually enhancing the quality of programs to ensure service delivery excellence.
WBRC Mission Statement:
The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC) serves Veterans and active duty service members with visual impairment through a comprehensive, compassionate, innovative and evidence-based rehabilitation program, which promotes independence and community re-integration. The program fosters an atmosphere of positive interactive communication and understanding among participants with mutual sight loss challenges, as well as their family members and caregivers. The WBRC promotes excellence in clinical care, education, and research as an integral component of the Blind Rehabilitation Services continuum of care.
WBRC Vision Statement:
The WBRC will be a recognized leader in comprehensive vision rehabilitation services. As the rehabilitation needs of the visually impaired population changes, the WBRC intends to be an internationally recognized leader in developing and implementing individualized treatment programs. Education and research will address the evolving needs of the Veterans, service members, their families and caregivers, staff, volunteers and the community.